Marin Renić / #edge
Monday, 2nd October at 20 h
2nd – 9th October 2017
Ulica slobode 28, Split
OPENING HOURS: Mo – Fr 20 – 22 h
Marin Renić is a student at the end of his education at the department of Film and video of the Arts Academy in Split. He stood out among his peers as one of the rare ones to base their student works on performativity and their own body as media with which to convey their ideas, always with a dose of courage and humor, or at least self-irony. This piece titled #edge was created specifically for this exhibition, his first ever solo show, and it features all the characteristics of his artistic habitus, which we hope he will continue developing in the future. Growing up on the streets of Split he used to climb the rooftops of concrete giants, running away from the crowds and noise searching for a break from everyday monotony. In time he took a step further, started walking along the edge, playing and breathing in the freedom of the open space which he could only experience there, on the top of the hot and chaotic block of a very loud Mediterranean city. On these rooftops he built his own artistic world, and today, when this video performance piece was shot, he clearly dominates it. Balancing on the edge has become familiar, usual, and in the end, necessary, both literally and symbolically, in order for the artist to express himself. With this statement he simultaneously draws closer and pulls away, balancing on the edge of the building, he finds freedom of his own life and artistic expression, on the 20cm wide, somewhat damaged, slippery tin, simultaneously evoking anxiety, vertigo and fear in the viewer.
The editing of the video performance stresses this atmosphere in – out, that is, the relationship between the subject and the viewer, not inviting the latter to join him in any moment. He is alone on this path, he crosses it calmly and steadily, while the whole of Split lies beneath his feet, the clamor of the city dies out, and we can sense the silence of being away from the world, while the clouds travel somewhere far away. The sounds of late summer mixed with the sounds of the city somewhere below, the scenes of tall concrete skyscrapers riddled with windows behind which people lead their “ordinary” lives, the inescapable emblems of the favorite football team, traffic lines, ferry boats, planes, helicopters, people, all of those were left in the shot by the artists, but somewhere far away, away from him, away from the crooked narrow #edge which he walks on with his life and artistic habitus.
This is his first solo exhibition and we hope, the very start of his artistic path in which he never loses this courage, sharpness, this #edge, which is so desperately needed in an artistic journey through contemporary performance art. We wish him bon voyage!
Marin Renić was born in Split in 1995. He graduated web design from the School of Design, Graphics and Sustainable Development. He is currently a 3rd year student at the Arts Academy in Split. He participated in the group exhibition Grad na drugi pogled, by curators Ivana Meštrov and Tanja Vujasinović in 2017 at the Multimedia Cultural Center in Split and at the Museum of Fine Arts. In his work he mostly uses his own body as a medium of expression, with which he tests his own boundaries and exits his “comfort zone” in order to achieve a desired effect.
CURATOR: Natasha Kadin
DESIGN: Nikola Križanac
NMG PROGRAMME CURATORS: Natasha Kadin, Lana Beović, Tina Vukasović
TRANSLATION, LECTURE AND PROOFREADING: Lana Beović
SNIMANJE VIDEA, POSTAV I DOKUMENTACIJA IZLOŽBE / FILMING THE VIDEO, EXHIBITION LAYOUT AND DOCUMENTATION: Gildo Bavčević
PROGRAMME NMG@PRAKTIKA SUPPORTED BY: Ministarstvo kulture RH, Grad Split, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija
MAVENA SUPPORTED BY: Nacionalna zaklada za razvoj civilnog društva, Zaklada Kultura nova
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: KUM, MKC, PDM